Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Agricultural & Food Law Opportunities

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law has a few places remaining in our face-to-face and distance tracks for Fall 2016, for full or part-time enrollment. With an expanded curriculum and a deep base of alumni relationships, our Program prepares attorneys for a career in agricultural and food law. Visit our website and our blog for additional information.

We have several remaining Graduate Assistantships (GAs) to award. GAs are only available to full time LL.M. candidates who enroll in our face-to-face program. These GAs provide for a full tuition waiver plus a $5,000 stipend per semester in exchange for part-time work designed to enhance the student's education and build their professional reputation. While awards may shift to accommodate the expertise of applicants, GA placements are likely to include:
  • An opportunity to work with firms practicing food law, including one placement with our alumna, Lauren Handel, Handel Food Law
General law school GAs may also be available and include 
  • An opportunity to work with Accelerated JD candidates from foreign jurisdictions, assisting them with their transition to a U.S. law school setting;  
  • An opportunity to teach a Pre-Law Political Science class that introduces undergraduates to basic elements of our legal system and encourages them to explore a legal education:
  • An opportunity to teach an Upper Level Legal Writing class that focuses on Civil Pre-Trial documents (opportunity limited to attorneys with practice experience and/or LRW teaching experience);
    Interested attorneys and graduating 3Ls should complete the LL.M. application and indicate their interest in one or more of the GA opportunities.  Awards are highly competitive. Contact us for additional information at LLM@uark.edu or call (479) 575-3706.
     
    It is always the goal of the LL.M. Program to attract candidates that reflect the rich racial, cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity of a global food system, expanding the reach and resources to all who seek to promote food justice.

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    Nicole Civita and Food Recovery Project quoted extensivly in Huffington Post article

    Affiliate Professor of Law and Director of the Food Recovery Project Nicole Civita is featured heavily in an article published today in the Huffington Post. The article, titled Restaurants Officially Have No Excuse Not To Donate Leftover Food. Many restaurants say they’re scared of being sued. Here’s why that’s garbage focuses on the amount of food waste produced by restaurants, and the misconception that food donation may put owners at increased risk. As the article states, "A single restaurant in the U.S. wastes about 100,000 pounds of a year, according to the Green Restaurant Association, making them auspicious donors for hunger relief groups. But many restaurants are reluctant to give away their edible leftovers, citing fears of getting sued."

    For more on the Food Recovery Project and to download a free copy of Food Recovery: a Legal Guide, visit us at law.uark.edu/llm.





    Monday, July 11, 2016

    LL.M. Candidate Lauren Manning who helped create envisioning.io/ZeroHunger to be presented to UN today

    We're pleased to report that LL.M. Candidate Lauren Manning is in Munich today where she will be presenting an online resource she helped create envisioning.io/ZeroHunger.


    The United Nations World Food Program event taking place in Munich on July 11 will focus on identifying technologies and policies that can promote food security in both developing and developed nations. During the LL.M. program, Lauren completed numerous courses that involved an examination of food security, including Right to Food and Business Human Rights. There are many legal issues at the intersection of technology and food security, such as ensuring that contract terms for technology licensing rights are fair to farmers, especially small scale farmers. Also, there are legal issues surrounding privacy rights in the data sector as well as policy-based issues surrounding various farming methodologies, i.e., organic versus conventional. Recently, Lauren was selected as the 2016 winner for George Washington Law School’s 2016 Human Rights Essay award. Her paper explored issues related to food security in the context of extractive mining in Greenland.


    We are proud of her many accomplishments.

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    Fall Schedule Announced

    We are pleased to offer a full curriculum of specialized LL.M. courses each semester. For Fall 2016, we will be offering our usual core courses, plus an exciting mix of new classes that address some of the most compelling new issues in agricultural and food law today. Contact us at llm@uark.edu or 479-575-3706 for more information.
     

    Food Law & Policy
    Susan Schneider
    2 credit full-semester course
    Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:40 a.m.

    An introduction to the network of laws that govern our food system. An overview of regulation by both the Food & Drug Administration and the USDA is provided. Policy considerations are discussed in light of current issues. 

    Agriculture & the Environment
    Christopher Kelley
    2 credit full-semester course
    Thursday, 9:00 – 10:40 a.m.

    Agriculture is increasingly criticized for its impact on the environment. This course examines the tensions between the desire to produce food and fiber efficiently and concern for sustainability and the protection of natural resources. 

    Food, Farming & Sustainability (Survey of Agricultural Law)
    Susan Schneider
    2 credit full-semester course
    Friday, 10:00 – 11:40 a.m.

    This course provides a survey of the complex legal topics that make up the body of agricultural and food law focusing on current issues of significance. 
     
    The Right to Food
    Uche Ewelukwa
    1 credit half-semester course
    Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

    This course will provide an overview of the historical development of the right to food; evaluate the rights, obligations and responsibilities of rights-holders and duty-bearers of the right to food; and examine legal and non-legal mechanisms that are increasingly used to adjudicate the right to food. 

    Business, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Food/Ag Sector
    Uche Ewelukwa
    1 credit half-semester course
    Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

    The course explores the business-human rights nexus with a particular focus on the food and agricultural sector and on case studies from around the world. The course introduces students to the linkages between business and human rights from a variety of (legal, regulatory, and policy) perspectives.  

    Specialized Legal Research and Writing
    Christopher Kelley
    1 credit full-semester course
    Tuesday, 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

    Legal writing skill development, including training in plain-English legal writing, electronic research training, and publication strategies. This course will assist students in planning to meet the LL.M. writing requirement.


    Urban Agriculture Law & Policy
    Nicole Civita
    1 credit half semester distance course
    Thursday, 3:40 – 5:00 p.m. (beginning Sept. 22 and concluding Nov. 3)

    Study of the legal issues raised by the rising interest in urban agricultural activities. Topics of study include land use and zoning issues, farmers market issues, and legal issues associated with community-sponsored agriculture. 

    An Introduction to the Law of Food & Agriculture
    Neil Hamilton
    1 credit condensed course
    Scheduled for Aug. 17- 19, 2016

    Introductory course that provides an overview of the legal and policy issues presented by the production of food and fiber, including a discussion of structural changes in agriculture, sustainability issues, and trends in consumer interest.


    Agricultural Policy & the Federal Budget
    David Grahn
    1 credit condensed course
    Scheduled for Nov. 9 – 11, 2016 (tentative)

    Study of the impact of the Office of Management and Budget and the cost scoring system on federal agricultural policy making in Washington, D.C. Current farm policy issues are discussed within the context of budgetary constraints and pressures. 


    Independent Research in Agricultural & Food Law
     (1-2 credits)

    Independent research in agricultural and food law conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. 

    Advanced Legal Research & Writing

     (1 credit independent writing project; satisfies the legal writing requirement; grade based on final written product)

    Research in a specialized area of agricultural or food law and development of a paper that demonstrates rigorous legal analysis and quality legal writing.







    Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    Courses in Agricultural & Food Law open to expanded audience






    J.D. students, practicing attorneys, and graduate students in related disciplines may be allowed to enroll in our specialized agricultural and food law classes for non-degree credit. 

    LL.M. alumni and other attorneys can take many of the LL.M. classes, and the class may qualify for CLE credit (subject to their state CLE rules).

    Interested students and attorneys should contact the Program Administrator, Sarah Hiatt  at llm@uark.edu for the current class schedule and information about enrollment.


    Join us in Fayetteville or online for any of the following:

    Regular semester courses (Face-to-face classes with synchronous participation by distance students and classroom capture)
     

    Food Law & Policy
    Susan Schneider
    2 credit full-semester course 
    Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:40 a.m.

    An introduction to the network of laws that govern our food system. An overview of regulation by both the Food & Drug Administration and the USDA is provided. Policy considerations are discussed in light of current issues.  



    Agriculture & the Environment
    Christopher Kelley
    2 credit full-semester course
    Thursday, 9:00 – 10:40 a.m.

    Agriculture is increasingly criticized for its impact on the environment. This course examines the tensions between the desire to produce food and fiber efficiently and concern for sustainability and the protection of natural resources.  



    Food, Farming & Sustainability (Survey of Agricultural Law)
    Susan Schneider
    2 credit full-semester course
    Friday, 10:00 – 11:40 a.m.

    This course provides a survey of the complex legal topics that make up the body of agricultural and food law focusing on current issues of significance.  



    Flipped Classes (distance courses with independent work outside of the classroom combined with synchronous lecture and discussion)
     
    The Right to Food
    Uche Ewelukwa
    1 credit half-semester course
    Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

    This course will provide an overview of the historical development of the right to food; evaluate the rights, obligations and responsibilities of rights-holders and duty-bearers of the right to food; and examine legal and non-legal mechanisms that are increasingly used to adjudicate the right to food.
      

    Business, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Food/Ag Sector
    Uche Ewelukwa
    1 credit half-semester course
    Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

    The course explores the business-human rights nexus with a particular focus on the food and agricultural sector and on case studies from around the world. The course introduces students to the linkages between business and human rights from a variety of (legal, regulatory, and policy) perspectives.  



    Urban Agriculture Law & Policy
    Nicole Civita
    1 credit half semester distance course
    Thursday, 3:40 – 5:00 p.m. (beginning Sept. 22 and concluding Nov. 3)

    Study of the legal issues raised by the rising interest in urban agricultural activities. Topics of study include land use and zoning issues, farmers market issues, and legal issues associated with community-sponsored agriculture.  






     



    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Fulbright Scholar Opportunities in the field of Law

     
    The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combined teaching and research awards in over 125 countries for the 2017-2018 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators, as well as for legal professionals and independent scholars.
     
    This year, the Fulbright Scholar Program is offering over 90 awards in the field of Law. Exciting opportunities are available in many countries, including but not limited to:


     
    We recently hosted a webinar on Fulbright opportunities in law. Staff provided an overview of awards open to academics and professionals, and a 2015-16 Fulbright alumnus spoke about his experiences and answered questions. Please follow this link to listen to the recording.  
     
    For further awards in the field of Law, please visit our new Opportunities in Law webpage. There you will find award highlights and examples of successful projects in the discipline.
     
    For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please follow this link. Interested scholars may also wish to join My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program.

     Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 1, 2016.
     
    We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding any of the opportunities listed above or the Fulbright Scholar Program in general. 
     
    The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.

    Friday, June 3, 2016

    Alumni Update: Marne Coit

    Congratulations to LL.M. Alumna Marne Coit, whose recent article Support for Local Food in the 2014 Farm Bill was published in the most recent edition of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

    A 2007 LL.M. graduate, Marne continues to work at the forefront of food law, specifically at the intersection of sustainable agriculture, food systems and the law. In August of 2015, she presented on legal issues for farmer veterans for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)’s training, Armed to Farm at Houghton College in New York.  She also moderated the panel Local Food Ventures: Advising Clients on Food Hubs, Cooperatives and Working with Farmer Veterans at the 2015 American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) Annual Educational Symposium in Charleston, SC.  She also presented ton Local Food Provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill, the subject of her article published in the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

    Marne is currently teaching in this area as well. Since 2013 she has been teaching Food Systems Law & Policy, an online course in the Sustainable MBA program at Marylhurst University. The MBA in Sustainable Business is an accelerated online degree for working professionals. Because the degree is committed to producing managers with a systems perspective on the role of business in society, each concentration includes a course in environmental law. The Food Systems Management version is the course in Food Systems Policy & Law, which examines current issues in food regulation, health and safety, access to food and food justice. According to Paul Ventura, Chair of Sustainable Business Programs, Marne’s “academic background in anthropology and law, along with her active engagement in community food systems has made [her] an ideal "pracademic" for teaching in our MBA.”

    Marne is also pleased to be teaching the inaugural food policy class at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. The Bard Center for Environmental Policy offers MS degrees in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy. The program recently added a required sequence of applied policy classes, one focused on food systems, the other energy systems. “Meeting global food and energy requirements sustainably will be the defining challenge of the 21st century,” according to program Director Eban Goodstein. “Marne was a great fit for the course, bringing a unique background, combining food policy experience here in the Northeast with the LLM degree.”

    We are proud of Marne's work and congratulate her on her many accomplishments.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Law Professors Form Innovative Academic Organization to Promote Field of Food Law & Policy



    We are pleased to share news of the newly formed Academy of Food Law & Policy, a membership organization that serves as a forum for individuals and institutions involved in teaching and scholarship in the broad field of Food Law & Policy.

    Of special note, Susan Schneider, Director of our LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law program serves as a founding member of the Academy's Board of Trustees. LL.M. Program Manager Sarah Hiatt serves as Executive Director. The press release announcing the Academy is included below.

    Over the past decade, the field of Food Law and Policy has grown by leaps and bounds in law schools across the country. On a variety of metrics, the field is strong and growing, with more than 20 of the top 100 law schools offering courses in the field, and 30 clinics at 23 schools conducting related clinical work. But until now, Food Law and Policy has had no dedicated academic association to serve as a forum for individuals and institutions involved in its teaching and scholarship.

    The Academy of Food Law and Policy (AFLP) is a newly-formed academic organization created
    to address this need. AFLP’s founding Board of Trustees includes Emily Broad Leib, Harvard
    Law School; Peter Barton Hutt, Covington and Burling (Adjunct Faculty, Harvard Law School);
    Neil Hamilton, Drake University Law School; Baylen Linnekin, Adjunct Faculty, George Mason
    Law School; Michael Roberts, UCLA School of Law; Susan Schneider, University of Arkansas
    School of Law; and Margaret Sova McCabe, University of New Hampshire School of Law.

    The Academy’s mission is to:

    1) Engage and connect scholars and professors interested in Food Law & Policy;

    2) Facilitate scholarship, collaboration, and collegiality in this field;

    3) Encourage teaching and experiential learning opportunities; and

    4) Foster the next generation of food law and policy leaders.

    The Academy will support local, regional, national, and international collaboration among scholars, professors, and clinicians via workshops, shared resources and materials, and promotion of teaching and engagement in Food Law & Policy issues. By building a strong network, the AFLP will provide a space for sharing ideas, knowledge, and research.

    Within the broad mission of AFLP, specific activities and services will respond to the needs of members. These may include:

    • Tracking growth of this field through a survey to Academy members;

    • Sharing current events, upcoming conferences, and opportunities via the AFLP website;

    • Creating a forum for the discussion of Food Law and Policy news and developments;

    • Offering social events at conferences and events where AFLP members are present;

    • Hosting an annual AFLP workshop, on a topic of interest to AFLP members;

    • Providing opportunities for the sharing and workshopping of academic papers and articles; and

    • Providing evidence for faculty to share with their schools that this field of law is legitimate and growing.

    Working together, law schools and scholars can continue to grow the field of Food Law and Policy through the creation of new courses, publications, centers, programs, and additional opportunities for student engagement and education about the laws and policies impacting our food. The AFLP will help fulfill these ambitions through collaboration and mutual enrichment of its members.


    Further information on the Academy of Food Law and Policy can be found at www.AcademyFLP.org.

    Sunday, May 1, 2016

    Announcement: Graduate Assistantship Opportunities


    The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law continues to accept applications for Fall 2016, with a few places remaining in our face-to-face and distance tracks, for full or part-time enrollment. With an expanded curriculum and a deep base of alumni relationships, our Program prepares attorneys for a career in agricultural and food law. Visit our website and our blog for additional information.

    We have several Graduate Assistantships (GAs) to award. GAs are only available to full time LL.M. candidates who enroll in our face-to-face program. These GAs provide for a full tuition waiver plus a $5,000 stipend per semester in exchange for part-time work designed to enhance their education and build their professional reputation. While awards may shift to accommodate the expertise of applicants, GA placements are likely to include:

    • An opportunity to work with Accelerated JD candidates from foreign jurisdictions, assisting them with their transition to a U.S. law school setting;  
    • An opportunity to teach a Pre-Law Political Science class that introduces undergraduates to basic elements of our legal system and encourages them to explore a legal education;
    • An opportunity to teach an Upper Level Legal Writing class that focuses on Civil Pre-Trial documents (opportunity limited to attorneys with practice experience and/or LRW teaching experience);

    Interested attorneys and graduating 3Ls should complete the LL.M. application and indicate their interest in one or more of the GA opportunities.  Awards are highly competitive. Candidates that are already admitted to the Program will be considered along with new applicants that are admitted, and we hope to make most awards within the next month.  New opportunities may arise over the summer. Contact us for additional information at LLM@uark.edu or call (479) 575-3706.

    It is always the goal of the LL.M. Program to attract candidates that reflect the rich racial, cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity of a global food system, expanding the reach and resources to all who seek to promote food justice.


    The University of Arkansas is committed to the policy of providing educational opportunities to all
    qualified students regardless of their economic or social status and will not discriminate on the
    basis of disability, race, color, sex, creed, veteran’s status, age, marital or parental status, sexual
    orientation, or national origin. 

    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    Satoko Kato to Join the Faculty

    We are delighted to announce that Satoko Kato will be staying with us another year, joining the law school faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor.

    Satoko is currently an LL.M. candidate in our face-to-face program, working with the Food Law Firm in New York as part of our Graduate Assistantship Program. As part of her studies, Satoko has participated in our new Practicum experiential learning opportunity, working Fall semester with the Sustainability Consortium and Spring semester with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

    Satoko graduated from Georgetown University Law Center where she served on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. She is a graduate of Sophia University in Tokyo and is fluent in Japanese.

    Satoko's practice experience includes almost 15 years of experience practicing corporate law at major international law firms. She began her career in New York working on finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions, and later focused on securities law representing domestic and foreign corporations in capital market transactions, reporting and compliance, and antitrust and government investigations in New York and Tokyo.

    Satoko's extensive corporate law expertise attracted the attention of our law school's Associate Dean and our business law faculty.  The law school has a new business law certificate program that will benefit from the kind of practice-based corporate and international law experience that Satoko has developed.  Satoko will teach International Business Transactions and an Upper Level Legal Writing course that focuses on Corporate Drafting. In Spring semester, she will have an opportunity to work in her new area of expertise, teaching Federal Regulation of Food Labeling and Federal Regulation of Food Safety in the LL.M. Program. Satoko will also be advising the Journal of Food Law & Policy and the new LL.M. candidates.






    Nate Rosenberg to Join the Faculty

    Nate Rosenberg Joins University of Arkansas School of Law Faculty


    We are pleased to announce that Nate Rosenberg will join us for the 2016-17 academic year as a Visiting Assistant Professor, teaching in both the LL.M. Program and the J.D. Program.

    Nate is a 2012 graduate of Harvard Law School where he co-founded and led the Harvard Food Law Society, served as a student attorney with the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, and served as a Student Advocate for Harvard Law School Advocates for Human Rights. Nate is a graduate of Pitzer College with a B.A. in German Literature. He served as the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Claremont Student and Editor-in-Chief of the Claremont Collage.

    After law school, Nate was selected to serve as a Joint Fellow in the Harvard Law School Mississippi Delta Project, a joint project with Harvard and Mississippi State University located in Clarksdale, Mississippi. In this role, he supervised over forty law students working on food policy projects, organized a state-wide conference and participated in a variety of community service and organizing activities.

    Since 2014, Nate, has been a Fink Fellow with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in New York, working on issues related to hunger, environmental law, food waste, and farm labor law. In 2015, Nate created and taught a graduate level course, Inequality and Food Systems, for the New York University Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health.

    Fall semester, Nate will be working half time us, teaching Animal Law in the J.D. program and advising the Journal of Food Law & Policy. He will also be working for the environmental law advocacy group, Earthjustice, on issues concerning climate change and agriculture.  Nate will join us full time Spring 2016 where he will be teaching in the LL.M. Program. He will teach Environmental Regulation of Agriculture, Climate Change and Agriculture, and Regulated Markets in Agriculture.

    We will be delighted to have Nate and his partner Kiley join us in Fayetteville. He will be a great addition to our faculty. Welcome, Nate.

    Mark Opanasiuk Selected for Edmund S. Muskie Summer Internship Program

    Mark Opanasiuk named Muskie Intern


    Our congratulation to LL.M. Candidate and Fulbright Student Scholar Mark Opanasiuk for his recent appointment as a Muskie Intern with the the Edmund S. Muskie Summer Internship Program.

    Mark has been enrolled full time in the LL.M. Program this year, studying with us in Fayetteville.  Prior to joining us, he served as a Junior Associate with the Inyurpolis Law Firm (ILF) in Kharkiv, Ukraine, working in its Investment Consulting Department. Mark holds a Master of Laws, diploma cum laude and a Bachelor of Laws, diploma cum laude, from the the National Law University named after Yaroslav the Wise (NLU) in Ukraine.  He is completing his Ph.D. dissertation from  the Research Institute of State Department and Municipal Government of Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine.

    Mark attended our Program as a Fulbright Scholar.


     The Muskie Internship Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides emerging leaders from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia with the opportunity to gain real-world experience complementing and enriching their graduate studies in the United States.
    The Muskie Program invites participants to:
    • Create professional and personal relationships that support professional and personal development, stimulate creativity, challenge ideas and lead to positive innovations;
    • Sharpen the ability to develop independent opinions, make informed decisions and reach compromise;
    • Learn new trends, opportunities and challenges in evolving key issues;
    • Experience different approaches used in the private, public and non-profit sectors; and,
    • Experience how different U.S. government agencies, NGOs, and businesses work together to address a common issue in support of American policy.

    Mark will complete his internship at Goosman Law Firm in Sioux City, Iowa. His internship will allow him learn more about the American legal system, assist and shadow attorneys, assist with the practice of agricultural and food law, learn more about legal ethics and law firm management, become more engaged in local community projects, and participate in pro bono work.

    Congratulations, Mark!

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    LL.M. Alum and Dean at Yeungnam University returns to Fayetteville

    Last week our friend and Alumnus Tae Huan Keum returned to Fayetteville for a brief visit with LL.M. Candidates, Faculty, and the Law School Administration.

    Dean Keum joined the LL.M. Program in 2010 during his sabbatical year as a Professor of Law at Yeungnam University in Gyeongsan, Republic of Korea.

    Tae Huan now is completing his second term as Dean of the Yengnam University Law School. Dean Keum is also recognized for founding the Korean Institute of Agricultural & Food Law which he directs.

    While in Fayetteville, Dean Keum presented a lecture titled Science, Culture, and Politics in Korean Food Safety to current LL.M. Candidates.

    This was the first time we have had an opportunity to visit with Dean Keum since 2013 when LL.M. Professors Susan Schneider and Christopher Kelley visited Yeungnam University as part of a cooperative agreement between our two institutions.  It was a pleasure hosting Dean Keum. Our sincere thanks to Dean Keum and to Yeungnam University.

    New Legal Guide on the Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Food Donations

    The Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic and the University of Arkansas Food Recovery Project Launch the Updated  Legal Guide on the Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Food Donations


    The Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), in partnership with the FoodRecovery Project at the University of Arkansas School of Law, is pleased to publish an updated version of Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Food Donation: A LegalGuide, to reflect the significant changes Congress made as part of the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations legislation.  This legislation increased tax incentives for food donations as a mechanism to prevent food waste. 

    This guide, originally published in November 2015, provides an important resource for food businesses and food recovery organizations to determine whether a food donor is eligible to receive the enhanced deduction.


    An estimated 40 percent of food produced in the United States goes uneaten; at the same time, more than 14 percent of U.S. households are food insecure at some point during the year. Diverting a fraction of the wholesome food that currently goes to waste in this country could effectively end food insecurity for all Americans.

    The extension and modification of the charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory included in the 2016 omnibus appropriations legislation contains four significant changes: 

    1) a permanent extension of the enhanced tax deduction for food donations; 

    2) an increase in the deduction’s cap to 15% of the donor’s net income; 

    3) a new optional formula for calculating the enhanced deduction that is available to certain taxpayers; and,

     4) a formula for determining the fair market value (FMV) of food inventory. 

    Each of these are reflected in the updated legal guide and explained in detail in FLPC’s previous blog post.

    Given the significant negative impacts of wasting food, more food businesses should consider donating their excess, wholesome food. This guide hopes to encourage more food donation by shedding light on how the federal enhanced tax deduction makes food donation a more financially feasible practice for certain businesses, and what businesses need to do to be eligible for this enhanced deduction.

    Monday, April 25, 2016

    LL.M. Candidate Lauren Manning: Millennial Farmer

    We were delighted to see Huffington Post's article on the efforts of young people to break into farming, Millennial Farmers Fight An Uphill Battle. It’s Time To Support Them.  Not only do we advocate for beginning farmers, our own LL.M. candidate Lauren Manning was one of the young farmers featured.

    LL.M. Candidate Lauren Manning Featured in Huffington Post 

    Here's the excerpt about Lauren's work with Ozark Pasture Beef:  
    Other young farmers support their agricultural leanings with multiple side jobs, a daily grind that might make your head spin. Since last August, 29-year-old Lauren Manning has been working as a cattle and sheep rancher at Ozark Pasture Beef in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 
    In addition to her commitments on the farm, Manning is also pursuing an LL.M. law degree with an agriculture and food law focus at the University of Arkansas and working as an adjunct professor, freelance journalist and an intern with the National Young Farmers Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group. 
    Manning’s schedule requires next-level time management. She told HuffPost she works between 80 and 100 hours a week. While grueling, she said the decision between this and a cushier gig at a law office was clear. 
    “I have never felt more compelled about something,” Manning said. “There’s a freedom and autonomy to ranching that I appreciate. You are constantly engaging with the land and the animals, manipulating the environment, constantly recalibrating, problem solving and planning. When you succeed, it’s fantastically rewarding — and addicting.”
    We're very glad that Lauren has decided to stay in Fayetteville and to take up the challenge of new agriculture. We look forward to continuing to work with her. And yes, indeed, this is the same Lauren Manning that we blogged about a couple weeks ago for winning the International Human Rights Scholarship Award.  One very talented attorney / professor / farmer.

    Sunday, April 24, 2016

    Food Safety Advocates Bill Marler & Denis Stearns Teach Food Safety Litigation Class

    We were honored to welcome back our friends, visiting professors Bill Marler and Denis Stearns of Marler Clark.

    Marler Clark, based in Seattle, Washington and founded by Marler, Stearns, and Bruce Clark is the most prominent foodborne illness litigation firm in the U.S.  They have been active in representing seriously ill victims of food borne illness and the families of those who died of foodborne illness for decades.  In addition, these dedicated attorneys have advocated tirelessly for additional food safety protections, better testing and regulatory protocols, and enhanced food safety education.  Their pro bono work is an inspiration to all in the profession.

    For several years, Bill Marler has taught a condensed class for us, discussing his experience with his clients and the litigation he has pursued, and also presenting his views on food safety issues.  In the last two years, Denis Stearns has joined him.  Denis has taught Food Safety and related subjects at Seattle University School of Law and is a recognized food law scholar.  Their combined efforts make for a terrific class.

    As has been the case in each of the past years, this year's LL.M. class found the course to be thought-provoking, inspiring, and fascinating, as it mixed law, policy, science, and public heath into two very full days of class time.  We appreciate the dedication that Bill and Denis show to their profession and their willingness to teach in our Program.

    Once again, Bill and Denis donated their teaching stipend to a Marler Clark Scholarship to be given to an LL.M. student next year that will write articles for the firm sponsored national news service, Food Safety News.

    Thank you, Bill and Denis.


    Friday, April 22, 2016

    Journal of Food Law & Policy

    For over a decade, the University of Arkansas School of Law has published the Journal of  Food Law & Policy, the first student-edited law journal focused on food law and policy issues.  We are all proud of the Journal's work.

    While the Journal does not have an official connection with the LL.M. Program, a number of the Journal staff have become LL.M. candidates after graduating from law school.  In fact, three of the Editors-in-Chief have gone on to complete their LL.M. degree and are now among our distinguished alumni.  This year's Editor-in-Chief, Kaelin Bowling was just admitted to the Program and will begin his LL.M. studies next Fall. Many LL.M. candidates and alumni have had their articles accepted for Journal publication. And, last year the LL.M. Program co-sponsored a symposium, The Past, Present, and Future of Food Law.  And, Professor Schneider, Director of the LL.M. Program is privileged to serve as an advisor to the Journal.

    Last week, we participated in the end of the year banquet for the Journal.  It was a lovely dinner that toasted the success of this year's Journal board and staff -  a truly great group of talented law students. They are pictured below.




    At the banquet, the winner of the Dale Bumpers / Arent Fox Food Law & Policy Scholarship Award was announced.  This prestigious award is given to the top student article written by a student editor on the Journal, as determined by the attorneys at the Arent Fox law firm in Washington D.C.  The winning article is published in the Journal next year, and the author receives a $1000 award from the firm.  This year's winner was Jacob Coleman for an article about state law "ag-gag" statutes, and in particular the Idaho statute that was found to be unconstitutional.  Pictured to the right is Editor-in-Chief Kael Bowling (L) giving the award to Jacob (R).  Congratulations, Jacob!

    The new editorial board for next year was also announced at the banquet.  They are:


    Editor-in-Chief: Emily O'Neal

    Executive Editor: Hannah Rucker

    Articles Editor: Bo Renner

    Managing Editor: Kelly Brown

    Note & Comment Editor: Larry Treat

    Note & Comment Editor: Caroline Kelley

    Note & Comment Editor: Jacob Coleman

    Member: Alex Shirley

    I look forward to working with these talented law students next year. 

    LL.M. Alumna Kerri Boling Named Bumpers College Outstanding Alumni

    LL.M. Alumna Kerri Boling recognized by Bumpers College as the Outstanding Young Alumna

    Congratulations are in order for LL.M. Alumna Kerri Boling. Boling is being recognized by the Bumpers College Alumni Society as the Outstanding Young Alumna and will also address graduates at commencement.

    An excerpt from the University of Arkansas Newswire story is included below.

    After graduating in 2007, Boling earned her Juris Doctor degree and Master's of Law Degree in agricultural and food law from the U of A in 2010 and 2014, respectively. She is currently completing her Master's of Law Degree in global food law from Michigan State University. Before joining Tyson, Boling was a litigation attorney on the food, agriculture and biofuels practice group for the international law firm Faegre Baker Daniels in Des Moines, Iowa, where she counseled companies in the food and agriculture industries on litigated and regulatory matters.

    While in law school, Boling held several law clerk positions, including with the United States Department of Agriculture Office of the General Counsel and the Arkansas Supreme Court, and she worked as a graduate assistant with the National Agricultural Law Center.

    As a Bumpers College undergraduate, Boling received the Spitze Public Policy Legislative Internship Award, working with U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Washington, D.C., interned with Arkansas Farm Bureau and participated in several international programs, including in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a service learning project in Dangriga, Belize.

    A native of Gravette, Arkansas, Boling grew up on her family's beef cattle and contract poultry farm.

    Congratulations Kerri!

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    What is Food Justice?

    Interested in learning more about Food Justice? Check out the clip below and join us for Food Justice Law & Policy this summer.

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    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    Food Waste and Hunger Summit

    On April 16-17, the University of Arkansas was pleased to host the Food Waste & Hunger Summit for Campus Kitchens. The event was attended by students and professionals from across the country, all dedicated to reducing food waste and hunger, connecting the two societal problems to create new solutions.

    The Food Recovery Project


    The University of Arkansas School of Law and the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law very were well represented at the Summit.

    Nicole Civita, Affiliated Professor and Director of our Food Recovery Project, was one of the plenary speakers. Nicole delivered a great presentation on the current legal initiatives to reduce food waste and work toward "food conservation." Known for the excellent resources that she provides to her audiences, Nicole embedded a wealth of important information into a Prezi that she made available to all as a resource, Shaping a Federal Food Conservation Policy Agenda.  Her remarks were featured in an Arkansas Online article on the conference by Jaime Adame, Cutting Waste is Topic of Food Talk (Apr. 17, 2016).

    Nicole teaches two popular courses in the LL.M. Program, Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Law & Policy, with food conservation initiatives built into both courses.  She is the author of a number of important food recovery publications including Food Recovery: A Legal Guide Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction For Food Donation: A Legal Guide (now being updated to reflect recent Congressional action); and a soon to be released guide to food waste and state livestock feeding rules.

    Nicole's innovative and insightful work in food recovery has inspired many around the country to action on this important topic.

    Following Nicole's presentation, Summit participants were delighted to hear from
    USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. Secretary Vilsack delivered a speech that connected extremely well with the student audience, as he called them to service, encouraged them to persist in their efforts to improve the world around them, and inspired them to reach out to their leaders with new ideas and perspectives.  He reflected on the many USDA initiatives during his tenure as Secretary and the focus on local, healthy food.  He also stressed the global significance of issues of hunger, food security and food waste in the context of a changing climate. Referencing a message from President Obama to the cabinet that "games are won in the final quarter," he promised to continue working on these issues until the end of his term.

    It was a great day on campus.  A special shout out to Charwell's, our food service provider for healthy and delicious food served on compostable plates, with compostable silverware.  We were proud to be part of such an excellent Summit.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Lauren Manning Selected for International Human Rights Legal Scholarship Award

    We are delighted to report that one of our current LL.M. candidates, Lauren Manning has won the 2016 Human Rights Essay Award administered by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law.

    The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual legal scholarship competition sponsored by the Academy in an effort to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law.

    Participants must already have their law degree and must submit a legal article focused on an announced legal topic.  The Academy will grants two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The theme of this year’s essay competition was “Extractive Industry and Human Rights.”

    Lauren was enrolled in two related Fall semester LL.M. courses taught by Professor Uche Ewelukwa: The Right to Food and Business, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility: The Food/Agricultural Sector.  Professor Ewelukwa told students in the classes about the competition and encouraged them to apply, offering to supervise their work.

    The essay that Lauren submitted was an outgrowth of the two papers she wrote for her classes. The essay was titled: Mining for Compromise in Pastoral Greenland: Promise, Progress, and Problems in International Laws’ Response to Indigenous People.  It explored the meaning of the right to food in international law today, examined the potential impact of mining activities on the livelihood of indigenous groups in Greenland, and analyzed the potential role of businesses in Greenland and the State of Greenland in addressing the problems. Her essay will likely appear in an upcoming issue of the American University International Law Review.

    Lauren received her J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She has her B.A. degree in Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She is admitted to practice law in California and practiced for several years before joining us for the LL.M. Program last Fall. In addition to being an LL.M. candidate, she serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas School of Law, teaching an upper level legal writing class. She also writes for Ag-Funder News and works with Ozark Pasture Beef, here in Northwest Arkansas.

    We are very proud of Lauren for receiving this internationally prestigious award and grateful to Professor Ewelukwa for the education and support she provides to our students.

    For the announcement of the Award visit: https://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hraward.cfm

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    A New Course in Agricultural Land Tenure

    Professor Hamilton returns to teach Agricultural Land Tenure



    This week the LL.M. Program was joined by Professor Neil Hamilton who directs the Agricultural Law Center at Drake Law School and serves as the Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law. Professor Hamilton was on hand to teach an intensive 3 day class in a newly created course in Agricultural Land Tenure.

    This new course focuses on the role landownership and land use plays in the American agriculture. The course examined the history of federal land policy in the U.S. such as the Homestead Act and other land grants in forming our land ownership structure and the current reality of land tenure in the U.S., looking at who owns farmland and in what legal structures. Other topics covered included: the financing of farmland acquisition through mortgages and installment land contracts; farm leasing methods and issues of sustainability; family farm succession planning and the potential for intra-family conflicts over land transfers; the role of land ethics in farmland conservation; the role of land tenure in the operation of USDA programs; and issues relating to land access for new farmers. The history of how our land tenure system was created was examined including issues of how original occupants of the land were dispossessed and the resulting problems. This excellent course promises to be counted amongst our most popular classes. Our thanks to Professor Hamilton.

    Friday, March 25, 2016

    School of the New American Farmstead

    Our Affiliated Professor, Nicole Civita serves as the assistant director of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at Sterling College in Vermont.  This summer, Nicole has helped to develop the School of the New American Farmstead, "designed to help students not only deepen their focus on artisan food and organic agriculture, but also turn [their farms] into viable businesses." 

    This week, the popular blog, CivilEats.com did a very complementary post on the new summer program.
    Since it was founded in 1958, Sterling College has been a hub for sustainability education. It has long offered bachelor degree programs in farming and food systems. But the goal is to appeal to students who aren’t looking for a four-year degree. Students can instead take just one class or several, ranging from a summer-long practicum in sustainable agriculture to two-day single subject workshops. Students who finish six or more food-focused courses take home a Value-Added Sustainable Food Certificate. . .
    Classes are taught by working farmers and food crafters, including Pete Colman, the founder of Vermont Salumi; master cheesemaker, Ivan Larcher; and sauerkraut guru, Sandor Katz. Former Gourmet editor, Ruth Reichl, and Atlantic food journalist, Corby Kummer are teaching “Food Writing from the Farm” this summer. Harvest preservation, foraging, draft horse farming, and wildcrafting are also on the class list.
    Nicole will be joining us this month to speak at the Campus Kitchen's Food Waste and Hunger Summit, April 16-17 at the University of Arkansas.

    She also be teaching Food Justice: Law & Policy in the LL.M Program this summer via distance.

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    Fayetteville named 3rd best place to live in the U.S.

    Fayetteville tops the list of "Best Places to Live" in U.S. News & World Report.

    The secret is out. What was once a quiet college town hidden away in the hills is now the fastest growing city in the state.

    And because growth brings attention, Fayetteville has found itself near the top of several recent lists.

    The latest comes from U.S. News & World Report, who named Fayetteville the third best place to live in the entire nation in its inaugural “Best Places to Live” rankings.

    “Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville attracts outdoorsy types with its abundance of state parks, acres of community green space, playgrounds, parks and walking trails,” the report says. “The city also boasts a first-class performing arts center, an active local food movement, live music venues and a dynamic festival scene.”


    Visit the full story available via the Fayetteville Flyer.

    Monday, February 22, 2016

    Not Really Expired

    The Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School and Racing Horse Productions, also at Harvard produced the short film EXPIRED, Food Waste in America and its companion website NotReallyExpired.com as a collaborative effort between the two programs.  The Food Law & Policy Clinic aims to provide hands-on opportunities for students to learn about and improve the laws and policies shaping the food system. Racing Horse Productions aims to test and teach media advocacy techniques in the context of real world practice. Their collaboration produced an amazing product.

    We are delighted to have one of our LL.M.'s working with the Food Law & Policy Clinic. Christina Rice, a Clinical Fellow with the Clinic, served as one of the film's producers.

    Congratulations to Clinic Director and Executive Producer Emily Broad Leib, to Christina, and to everyone that worked on this great project. Here's the film -




    Monday, February 15, 2016

    U of A to Co-Host National Food Waste & Hunger Summit





    We are pleased to report that the University of Arkansas will Co-Host the 2016 National Food Waste & Hunger Summit. The summit, which will take place April 16-17 brings together students and advocacy groups from across the country who are working to solve food insecurity problems in their communities. It is an opportunity for them to share what they’ve learned and encourage others to join the battle against hunger and food waste. LL.M. Affiliate Professor and Director of the Food Recovery Project Nicole Civita will present. For registration and more information, check out the Newswire announcement or visit the Campus Kitchens website.


    Friday, February 12, 2016

    Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative Funded for Youth Summits

     Congratulations to our colleagues at the Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative!                               

    Native Youth in Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit students Jackson Smith (Cayuse Umitilla), Alayna Rhodes (Bad River Ojibwa), Aryana Henthorne (Sherwood Valley Pomo/Paiute), Laura Bergman (Cherokee), Zack Ilbery (Cherokee), Kayden Murphy (Navajo), Lofanitani Aisea (Klamath), Matthew Butler (Sac&Fox/Absentee Shawnee), and Aukelenui Mortensen (Hawaiian) participate in a team-building exercise during the 2015 summit held on the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus. Photo by Elise Clote

    Native Youth in Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit students Jackson Smith (Cayuse Umitilla), Alayna Rhodes (Bad River Ojibwa), Aryana Henthorne (Sherwood Valley Pomo/Paiute), Laura Bergman (Cherokee), Zack Ilbery (Cherokee), Kayden Murphy (Navajo), Lofanitani Aisea (Klamath), Matthew Butler (Sac&Fox/Absentee Shawnee), and Aukelenui Mortensen (Hawaiian) participate in a team-building exercise during the 2015 summit held on the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus.

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, based in the University of Arkansas School of Law, has received a three-year, $681,459 grant to fund the Native Youth in Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit.

    The summit, now entering its third year, is currently accepting applications from American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native youth, ages 15-18. In 2015, 84 students representing 47 tribes attended the summit, and the program hopes to serve 100 youth this year. Contact the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative or visit the website for more information or an application. Older students should consider applying to be a student leader for the program.

    “The Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiative is a great illustration of how higher education institutions should work everyday to create greater access for underrepresented students while also providing valuable support for the betterment of their communities,” said Charles Robinson, University of Arkansas vice chancellor for diversity and community. “I am very proud of Dean Leeds and all of the people in our School of Law and campuswide who are making this happen.”

    The summit promotes farming, ranching and food businesses as productive and sustainable career choices for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth. It also secures the future of tribal food systems by promoting intertribal cooperation and an understanding of food sovereignty. And it ensures the success of future native farmers and ranchers by giving them the specialized education they need to thrive as the next generation of Indian Country food and agriculture leaders.

    The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the United States Department of Agriculture, provides grants to organizations for education, mentoring and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers. The summit serves only native youth because of the unique legal complexities surrounding land status, credit access, food safety protocols, and more, that only Native producers must confront when engaging in food systems careers. Through a combination of classroom and experiential learning, the summit provides a singular educational experience for native youth.

    About the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative: The Initiative enhances health and wellness in Tribal communities by advancing economic development and cultural heritage in Indian Country. We empower tribal governments, farmers, ranchers and food businesses by providing strategic planning and technical assistance; by creating new academic and executive education programs in food systems and agriculture; and by increasing student enrollment in land grant universities in food and agricultural related disciplines.

    About University of Arkansas School of Law: The University of Arkansas School of Law prepares students for success through a challenging curriculum taught by nationally recognized faculty, unique service opportunities and a close-knit community that puts students first. With alumni in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, two territories and 20 countries, it has been ranked among the top 10 "Values in Legal Education" by the National Jurist magazine for three consecutive years and is among the top 41 public law schools, according to U.S. News and World Report.

    About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.